Appeal Court judgement: Peterside commends judiciary, congratulates Rivers people


Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives

Congress, APC in Rivers State has hailed today's verdict of the Appeal

Court endorsing the earlier judgement of the Rivers Elections Petitions

Tribunal on the nullification of April Rivers State governorship election.

Reacting to the judgement, Peterside praised the Nigerian judiciary for

its courage and efforts towards deepening the nation's democracy and

political process.
According to him, the judiciary will be remembered for standing tall even

in the face of unwarranted provocation and vilification by those who

brazenly stole the peoples' mandate during the March and April elections

in Rivers State.
He also congratulated the people of Rivers State for their patience and

understanding especially in view of the painful process of reclaiming

their mandate.
“I am happy that the Nigerian judiciary is rekindling hope in our

electoral process and in our country generally. This is so because the

judiciary is sending the right signal, particularly to those who

perpetrate violence and fraud during elections.
“Never again will a peoples' mandate be subverted so viciously by a

violent and self-seeking few, all in the name of political contest.

Members of our party and supporters were murdered in cold blood in their

homes and campaign grounds for their political beliefs. We are happy that

this injustice is currently being addressed by a credible institution like

the judiciary.
“We pray never to experience the level of persecution, violence and deaths

that characterised both the March and April elections in our state.

Democracy is about freedom, equality and justice; so everybody must join

hands to defend it at all times.
“I therefore wish to dedicate our victories in the legislative and

executive arms to our fallen brothers and sisters, our supporters and the

entire Rivers people for believing in us and for keeping faith.

“Our state will be great again if and only when we vote into public

office, our sons and daughters who will not bring shame to us by their

words and actions.
“We, members of the APC know the needs of our people as we fully

appreciate the leadership crisis rocking our state today. You have

sacrificed and waited all these agonizing months for justice. Now, justice

has come. I commend you and urge you to hold on a little more as we all

march collectively towards entrenching the kind of leadership that would

serve our overall interest irrespective of our political persuasions.

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